Toast 2 cups of shaved coconut flakes in the oven, spreading out on a sheet pan lined with parchment and watching continuously. It takes bout 3-6 minutes at 350 degrees. Give the flakes a shake part way through so they brown uniformly. Pour into a bowl and set aside.
Set the parchment back on the sheet pan and spread the cooked quinoa on top, following the directions for toasted quinoa crumbles but switching out the smoked paprika with a higher heat chili spice to taste. You can use chili powder (1-2 tsp), cayenne (1/2 tsp) or a mixed pepper spice (I used 2 tsp of the Libyan spice blend “Pilpelchuma” sold as part of a 4-pack of “World Spices” from Trader Joe’s). Also add about 1 tsp salt to the quinoa before toasting, mixed in with the spice. One cup of uncooked red quinoa will yield about 2 cups cooked. Save any extra toasted quinoa for adding to salads, vegetables or eggs. Store refrigerated in a sealed container.
Pit the dates and place in a food processor.
If you are adding fresh curry leaves, heat 1/2- 1 teaspoon of oil (I used coconut) in a pan on medium heat and add 5-10 fresh curry leaves. Sautée for about 2-3 minutes moving leaves around until they begin to crisp up. Curry leaves cause oil to splatter a bit so be prepared to use a shield or lower heat. Remove leaves from pan and chop very finely, adding them to the date mixture. Five to six finely chopped leaves will yield about 1/2 tsp of curry leaves. Use up to 10 leaves and 1 tsp for this recipe.
Next, add the toasted coconut and continue to combine, eventually running the food processor continuously until a large ball has formed.
These will last for a good week. Store in the refrigerator and bring out to room temperature several hours before serving. Add more crumble if necessary after refrigeration.